Re: Important First Name Question!!!
For official purposes, your surname is your last name, and all other parts of your name are your first name. If you are Tan Ah Lan, your last name is Tan and your first name is Ah Lan. If you are Grace Tan Ah Lan, your last name is Tan, and the first name is Grace Ah Lan.
For non-official purposes, sometimes people combine their first names with or without hyphen (I am Chang Yang, and I often combine it to Chang-Yang in various settings). The main reason is because in most other cultures there is only ONE word in the first name, so they presume only the first word is your first name. It happens in all kinds of places - university correspondence, bank statements, insurance companies, day-to-day correspondence with lecturers and colleagues, etc etc. Even Facebook and some email service providers call me Chang, it annoys me to no end. So to do away with annoyance, I have decided to hyphenate the two parts of the name so that they call my name properly.
p/s: As for the middle name, unless you actually specify something to be your middle name, they won't automatically assume the second word as your middle name. They would either just discard it (so that in the system you are only Ah, not Ah Lan), or include both words of "Ah Lan" in the system but call you "Ah" the next time regardless.
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Last edited by youngyew; 14-09-2011 at 09:40 PM.
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